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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2013 10:20 pm

BROWNSVILLE — A former Department of Homeland Security agent is charged with conspiracy to falsify records in federal investigations and obstructing an agency proceeding.

Wayne E. Ball, an agent of the DHS Office of Inspector General from January 2009 to November 2012, was indicted Monday in Brownsville.

A March 2010 investigation centered on allegations that a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer was helping to smuggle people and narcotics into the states, court records show.

From August 2011 until January 2012, Ball, “Supervisor A” and “Special Agent A” allegedly falsified documents to obstruct, impede or influence an investigation and intentionally and corruptly influenced, obstructed and impeded the proper administration of the law, which was an internal DHS-OIG inspection of a McAllen field office, according to the court record.

The conspiracy concealed lapses in investigations and internal policies as well as periods of agents’ inactivity, according to court documents.

Ball is accused of signing the false documents under a supervisor’s direction, court documents show.

If found guilty, Ball could face up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and one-year supervised release.

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